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Chiara Center Events

Chiara Center sponsors opportunities for spiritual enrichment and faith development. Retreats, days of quiet, Food and Faith series, and collaborative programs uplift and enlighten hundreds of guests each year. We invite you to look at the listing to learn more about the possibilities that await your spirit. Please click here for our 2013-2014 brochure.

 

   
 
     
 

      
JANUARY

Ah Day of Quiet
January 27, 2014

Come enjoy a day to contemplate God’s goodness in your life. Walk..read..reflect..journal..listen. enjoy the healing quiet of Chiara Center.  Arrive at 9 a.m. and leave by 3 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a wonderful lunch. Massages are available upon request and registration. $20 per person.  
 
Registration required.  217-523-0901  or email.

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.

     
FEBRUARY

Living Our Spirituality
February 6, 2014

This session of our Food & Faith series focuses on “Living our Spirituality” from
Brother David Steindl-Rast’s  popular book  Common Sense Spirituality. Dinner is at 6 PM and is followed by a presentation including teachings, poetry, personal experience and an exploration of large life questions. $20 per person or $35 per couple.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Click here for a brochure.

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.
 

11th Step Prayer Recovery Retreat
February 14-16, 2014  

This recovery weekend  experience will explore the components of  St. Francis’ peace prayer as the eleventh step and how the words can be put into action for  recovery.  All persons who are  practicing a program of  recovery, as well as family members, are welcome.  

Weekend options include overnight stay ($185), commuter ($85) or Saturday only ($60)

Pre-registration and payment are required by February 1.

Click here for a brochure and registration information.


MARCH

A Tool For Spiritual Growth: Myers Briggs
March 22, 2014

Myers-Briggs is a contemporary type system that informs our spiritual path by identifying spiritual core values and pitfalls. Presenter Jessie Vicha is a certified instructor for Enneagram and Myers Briggs. The workshop is presented from the perspective of spiritual transformation. The sessions includes a workbook and resources. $65 per session

Pre-registration and payment are required two weeks prior to event.

Click here for a brochure and registration information.

 

Ah Day of Quiet
March 31 , 2014  

Come enjoy a day to contemplate God’s goodness in your life. Walk..read..reflect..journal..listen. enjoy the healing quiet of Chiara Center.  Arrive at 9 a.m. and leave by 3 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a wonderful lunch. Massages are available upon request and registration. $20 per person.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.  

APRIL

Spirituality in HealthCare Conference
April 2, 2014

This annual spirituality and health care conference will address the issue of health literacy. Low health literacy, often a factor in poor health outcomes, is an important ethical issue.  This conference will focus on information that will be helpful to health care professionals in understanding and addressing health literacy.

Nursing CEU’s will be awarded.

Click here for a brochure and registration form.

 

Many Paths to the Orchard
April 3 , 2014  

This session of our Food & Faith series focuses on Many Paths to the Orchard as related to Brother David Steindl-Rast’s  popular book Common Sense Spirituality. The evening will explore various ways of coming to a trusted direction on the journey. Dinner is at 6 PM and is followed by a presentation including teachings, poetry, personal experience and an exploration of large life questions. $20 per person, $35 per couple

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Click here for a brochure.

May

JUNE

Directed Retreat
June 22, 2014 - June 27, 2014

This retreat is an invitation to prayer, silence, solitude and a daily opportunity to meet with a spiritual director one-one. Retreatants may choose three, four, or five days of retreat. The retreat fee is all inclusive of guest room, meals, spiritual direction and spiritual resources.

Pre-registration and payment are required two weeks prior to the retreat.
 

Click here for a brochure with more information including how to register for the retreat.

JULY

July 13-18, 2014
Everyday Epiphanies: Seeking the Holy in Every Nook and Cranny
Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND

Based on her popular book, Everyday Epiphanies, this retreat will explore some of the places
God desires to surprise us in our everyday life: in relationships, nature, work, play, compassion,
joy, pain, and prayer. Using scripture, stories, poetry, music and humor, Sister Melannie
will lead prayerful reflections on some of the major epiphanies in the Bible as well as the epiphanies
in our ordinary life.

Click here for a brochure with more information including how to register for the retreat.

 

Ah Day of Quiet
July 28, 2014

A day for you to enjoy the Spirit's invitation to: walk...read...journal...appreciate...reflect...wonder...pray...listen...draw... Enjoy the spacious grounds, the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Church, peaceful reflection areas as well as spiritual audio and printed resources. A home cooked meal at noon, an optional presentation at 1 PM by Sr. Renita, and the possibility of a massage make this a healing experience for you. Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

SEPTEMBER

Experiencing Our Spirituality
September 5, 2013

This session of our Food & Faith series focuses on “Experiencing Our Spirituality”  from Brother David Steindl-Rast’s popular book  Common Sense Spirituality. This session will include spirituality as common sense, the monk in us, art and the sacred, and sacramental life. Dinner is at 6 PM. $20 per person or $35 per couple  

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.

Click here for a brochure.


OCTOBER

Ah Day of Quiet
October 14, 2013 

Come enjoy a day to contemplate God’s goodness in your life. Walk..read..reflect..journal..listen. enjoy the healing quiet of Chiara Center.  Arrive at 9 a.m. and leave by 3 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a wonderful lunch. Massages are available upon request and registration. $20 per person.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.

 

Amid Modernity and Nature: A More Deliberate Life
October 16, 2013
7:00 PM

Presentation, Discussion, Q&A, and Book-signing with Tom Montgomery Fate.

Tom, a modern Thoreau, will share his book Cabin Fever. His essays have appeared in many journals, including The Chicago Tribune and The Boston Globe. This event is co-sponsored with Quiddity at Benedictine University.

Free and open to the public. 

Click here for flyer and more information.

No reservation required.

 

A Tool for Spiritual Growth: Enneagram
October 19, 2013

Enneagram  is an ancient type system that helps identify spiritual core values and pitfalls. Presenter Jessie Vicha is a certified instructor for Enneagram and Myers Briggs. The workshop is presented from the perspective of spiritual transformation. The sessions includes a workbook and resources. $65 per session

Pre-registration and payment are required two weeks prior to event

Click here for a brochure and registration information.

 

Silent Directed Retreat
October 20, 2013 - October 25, 2013


This retreat is an invitation to prayer, silence, solitude and a daily opportunity to meet with a spiritual director one-one.  Retreatants may choose three, four, or five days of retreat. The retreat fee is all inclusive of guest room, meals, spiritual direction and spiritual resources.

Pre-registration and payment are required two weeks prior to the retreat.

Click here for a brochure with more information including how to register for the retreat.

     
NOVEMBER

God, Religion and Us
November 7, 2013

This session of our Food & Faith series focuses on “God, Religion, and Us”  from Brother David Steindl-Rast’s  popular book Common Sense Spirituality. Dinner is at 6 PM. This session will include topics of views of the cosmos, mystical core, the God Question and shadows. $20 per person or $35 per couple   

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Click here for a brochure.  

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.

DECEMBER

Franciscan Nativity Festival
December 6    2 – 7 p.m.

December 7    noon – 4  p.m.
December 8    noon – 4 p.m.

Experience the deeper meaning of the Incarnation through a display of more than 100 Nativity sets from around the world.  Loaned to us by families, the sets tell the story of Jesus entering the lives of many people and cultures.

Free and open to the public, the Festival includes a tour of St. Francis of Assisi Church.

Call us at 217-523-0901 for more information


2014 EVENTS

 

Ah Day of Quiet
October 6, 2014

A day for you to enjoy the Spirit's invitation to: walk...read...journal...appreciate...reflect...wonder...pray...listen...draw... Enjoy the spacious grounds, the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Church, peaceful reflection areas as well as spiritual audio and printed resources. A home cooked meal at noon, an optional presentation at 1 PM by Sr. Renita, and the possibility of a massage make this a healing experience for you. Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.


Silent Directed Retreat
October 19, 2014 - October 24, 2014

A directed retreat offers the opportunity to enter in the silence and to meet daily one-on-one with a spiritual guide.  Each person sets their own pace and theme of the retreat. The retreat can be for 3,4, or 5 days to accommodate each person’s life and time commitments.  The fee for the retreat is dependent on the length of the retreat. 

Franciscan Nativity Festival
December 5,  2014 - December 7, 2014 


Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas through a display of over 100 nativity sets from around the world.  Loaned to us by friends and family members, the sets tell the story of Jesus entering the lives of people and cultures today.  The experience also includes a tour of history St. Francis of Assisi Church.

Free and open to the public, the Festival celebrates the influence and message of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi.


 

 2015 EVENTS

Ah Day of Quiet
January 12, 2015
A day for you to enjoy the Spirit's invitation to: walk...read...journal...appreciate...reflect...wonder...pray...listen...draw... Enjoy the spacious grounds, the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Church, peaceful reflection areas as well as spiritual audio and printed resources. A home cooked meal at noon, an optional presentation at 1 PM by Sr. Renita, and the possibility of a massage make this a healing experience for you. Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Ah Day of Quiet
March 23, 2015

A day for you to enjoy the Spirit's invitation to: walk...read...journal...appreciate...reflect...wonder...pray...listen...draw... Enjoy the spacious grounds, the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Church, peaceful reflection areas as well as spiritual audio and printed resources. A home cooked meal at noon, an optional presentation at 1 PM by Sr. Renita, and the possibility of a massage make this a healing experience for you. Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Silent Directed Retreat
June 14, 2015 - June 19, 2015


A directed retreat offers the opportunity to enter in the silence and to meet daily one-on-one with a spiritual guide.  Each person sets their own pace and theme of the retreat. The retreat can be for 3,4, or 5 days to accommodate each person’s life and time commitments.  The fee for the retreat is dependent on the length of the retreat. 

Ah Day of Quiet
July 20, 2015

A day for you to enjoy the Spirit's invitation to: walk...read...journal...appreciate...reflect...wonder...pray...listen...draw... Enjoy the spacious grounds, the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Church, peaceful reflection areas as well as spiritual audio and printed resources. A home cooked meal at noon, an optional presentation at 1 PM by Sr. Renita, and the possibility of a massage make this a healing experience for you. Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.


Ah Day of Quiet
October 19, 2015

A day for you to enjoy the Spirit's invitation to: walk...read...journal...appreciate...reflect...wonder...pray...listen...draw... Enjoy the spacious grounds, the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Church, peaceful reflection areas as well as spiritual audio and printed resources. A home cooked meal at noon, an optional presentation at 1 PM by Sr. Renita, and the possibility of a massage make this a healing experience for you. Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.


Silent Directed Retreat
October 18, 2015 - October 23, 2015

A directed retreat offers the opportunity to enter in the silence and to meet daily one-on-one with a spiritual guide.  Each person sets their own pace and theme of the retreat. The retreat can be for 3,4, or 5 days to accommodate each person’s life and time commitments.  The fee for the retreat is dependent on the length of the retreat. 

Franciscan Nativity Festival
December 4,  2015 - December 6, 2015 


Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas through a display of over 100 nativity sets from around the world.  Loaned to us by friends and family members, the sets tell the story of Jesus entering the lives of people and cultures today.  The experience also includes a tour of history St. Francis of Assisi Church.

Free and open to the public, the Festival celebrates the influence and message of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi.


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